The TinCaps drew the largest crowd in Parkview Stadium history last night, but the record crowd of 9,508 witnessed the TinCaps' sixth loss in seven games, this time by a margin of 4-1 against the Lake County Captains.
The silver lining for the TinCaps is that they've allowed just seven runs in their last two games. They'd allowed at least five runs in each of the previous five games, including a 16-9 loss Monday in which catcher Juan Fernandez pitched two innings.
TinCaps pitcher Sam Keating kept Fort Wayne within striking distance on Thursday, but the TinCaps only ever threatened in the eighth, when they loaded the bases and then scored their lone run when Dwanya Williams-Sutton grounded into a fielder's choice. Overall, the TinCaps went 0 for 8 with the bases loaded.
The TinCaps will look to salvage a split in this four-game series against the Captains tonight as Omar Cruz makes his second appearance in the Midwest League. The 20-year-old lefty made his debut on June 29, allowing three runs and striking out five in 3 and 2/3 innings against the Great Lakes Loons.
The Captains are starting Luis Oviedo, who is rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Cleveland Indians system. The 20-year-old right-hander is 6-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 16 starts this season. He gave up four runs in 4 and 2/3 innings against West Michigan in his last appearance on June 29.
After wearing patriotic Fourth of July jerseys for yesterday's holiday game, the TinCaps will be sporting specialty jerseys again tonight on the second Star Wars night of the season.